Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar, Rector CUI, visited the CUI-Abbottabad Campus for important engagements with the employees and administration of the Campus on 9th August 2018. He was welcomed by all the Deans, Chairpersons and Heads of Department led by the Campus Director, Dr. Arshad Pervez.
Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar participated in a meeting of the Admissions Committee. Dr. Arshad Pervez and Dr. Shahid Khattak, EE Dept. informed the worthy rector about the state of admissions in the campus for the upcoming entry and suggested adopting new strategies for attracting students in a competitive environment. Prof. Qamar urged the management to offer competitive environment and improve campus services for improving intake of students.
The highlight of the visit was the Faculty Forum, where the worthy rector in a candid sitting with the faculty, staff and officers of the campus apprised employees about the challenges being faced by the University, including the process of statute drafting, service structure, promotions, employee benefits and regularization.
Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar spoke eloquently about the conduct of teachers and university staff, impact of subversive activities on the admission process, and the future of the institute. He urged the need for instating mechanisms of speedy resolution of grievances, increased financial discipline and completing the process of drafting rules for the transitionary period.
Prof. Qamar frankly shared the predicaments of the management with limited resources, tenure track rules and his aspirations to improve infrastructure of the institute as well as enable more access to information for employees related to performance, promotion and penance. A round of question and answers was held which allowed faculty members, officers and staff to direct all their concerns freely and openly with the worthy rector on common problems and concerns.
The employees thanked the worthy rector for taking pains to making the university more transparent and accessible. Prof. Qamar urged the faculty members in particular to work harder than usual on their research, as well as indulge in quality teaching as the future of the university relied heavily on an active and creative faculty. He said that faculty members must also channel their concerns through institutional mechanisms and participate in the process rather than protest and indulge on the call of vested interests.
After the extensive session with the university employees, the worthy rector chaired a committee charged with searching for land for the proposed new campus. The committee informed the rector about the recent developments, challenges and limitations of the process. The rector directed for finding a most accessible spot for the new campus, which is seismically safe. He said that he would not allow construction at any site which may potentially pose any threat to the staff or students of the university.
He lauded the Pakistan Army for generously allowing COMSATS University to continue operations, keeping aside their own priorities for the second largest university campus of the KP region. Suggestions for adopting a European model for City colleges at various locations was also considered, due to the non-availability of suitable land. Prof. Dr. Samra Mohsin Khan, Dean Architecture Department was assigned to visit the existing campus site and examine the master plan in order to determine how it could be utilized optimally. Meanwhile it is all the more important to complete the process of land search as early as possible, he said, so that we may proceed with shifting to a new site.
Prof. RaheelQamar also participated in the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Pharmacy, CUI-Abbottabad Campus and King Abdullah Teaching Hospital Mansehra, a state of the art 350 bed public sector hospital, providing medical services to local residents. The MoU will enable Pharmacy students to access hospital wards for clinical training and rotation as well as provide an opportunity to CUI researchers to test and deploy state of the art indigenous technologies for ECG monitoring and diagnostics.
Prof. Qamar visited the CUI’s first-ever International Residential Summer School 2018 being organized in collaboration with Archiply and the Department of Architecture at CUI-Abbottabad Campus. He interacted with participating students and faculty as well as international tutors hailing from Spain, Egypt, Austria, Algeria, Slovenia, UK and the USA. He invited the international participants to explore the natural beauty of Pakistan’s Northern Areas as well as the cultural, historic and geographical heritage of the country. Prof. Qamar encouraged exchanges on the subject of architecture and asked the participants to learn the common heritage and preserve it for future generations. Students participating in the Summer School took pictures as well as shared their points of view on the workshop.